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Aceraceae -- Maple family

    William J. Gabriel

    Silver maple (Acer saccharinum) is a medium-sized  tree of short bole and quickly branching crown common in the  Eastern United States where it is also called soft maple, river  maple, silverleaf maple, swamp maple, water maple, and white  maple. It is found on stream banks, flood plains, and lake edges  where it grows best on better-drained, moist alluvial soils.  Growth is rapid in both pure and mixed stands and the tree may  live 130 years or more. Silver maple is cut and sold with red  maple (A. rubrum) as soft maple lumber. The winged seeds  are the largest of any of the native maple. They are produced in  great abundance annually, providing many birds and small mammals  with food. An attractive tree with delicate and graceful foliage,  silver maple is often planted as an ornamental.


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William J. Gabriel

Source: Silvics of North America


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